Video: Amerika The Controversial

ABC's upcoming epic about a Soviet takeover stirs a furor

It is a bright, crisp Midwestern day in 1997, and the small-town parade could be something out of Ronald Reagan's childhood scrapbook. Main Street is lined with townspeople applauding as the baton twirlers, marching bands, basketball squads and quilting clubs make their way past. But the clapping abruptly stops as some bright red banners come into view. Adorning them are the faces of two heroes from history: Abraham Lincoln and Lenin.

This jarring mix of Norman Rockwell and Red Nightmare is one of the more alarming scenes in ABC's upcoming mini-series Amerika. Three years and nearly $40 million in the making,...

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